Many a childhood was haunted by the images from "The Exorcist." (Remember the little girl with the spinning head?) But even though William Peter Blatty -- the writer of that novel and movie screenplay -- once owned this place, there is not a shred of hauntedness about it.
The gated estate in Hidden Hills that Blatty called home for about a decade is now listed at $27 million. And what a playground it is. There's a theater room with seating for 28, tennis court, sandy volleyball court, equestrian ring and state-of-the-art horse stables, spa with massage room and tanning booth, gym, wine cellar with tasting room and an outdoor chessboard with life-size pieces. And in what is likely a first for a home in this column, there is also a mechanical bull in its own sandy arena.
The free-form swimming pool features a large waterfall and a grotto with swim-up bar.
The home has six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. One of the bathrooms has about 10 urinals -- perhaps useful for beer parties?
For photos of the property, see www.oldlionmanor.com.
Blatty, best known for writing "The Exorcist" novel in 1971 and screenplay in 1973, owned this property from 1990 to 2000, according to public records. The movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including best picture, and won the best picture award that year at the Golden Globes. It has grossed more than $400 million worldwide, including video rentals.
Robert Kass, estate director for Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, and Logan Fenton of the same agency, share the listing.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times